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Birthday surprises: creative alternatives to a traditional cake

Birthday surprises: creative alternatives to a traditional cake

Now that you’re a year older, it’s time to enjoy a bold birthday with these alternatives to the customary cake:

Cake in a Jar

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These trendy treats are fun to eat and simple to bake. Pouring cake batter into a few Mason jars and placing them in the oven is all the effort you’ll need to enjoy a spoon full of these creative cake alternatives. Try this recipe to make your own jar full of tasty rainbow cake.

All Fruit Cake

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Trade the artificial sugars of frosting for the natural sweetness of fruit. A cake made from a carved watermelon covered with non-fat yogurt and your favorite fruits is a unique and healthy birthday treat. Check out how to create your own watermelon cake here.

Cake Pops

Photo by Katherine Baker

These tiny pops have all the deliciousness of a full-sized cake rolled into a perfect bite-sized snack. This year you’ll definitely have to wish for self-control because eating just one cake pop is almost impossible. Try this Spoon University recipe for delicious chocolate cake pops.

Birthday Cake Doughnuts

Photo by Hillary Lindwall

Glazed with buttercream frosting and coated in colorful sprinkles, a birthday cake doughnut is the ultimate sweet surprise. Plus, you can easily share these unique pastries with a dozen of your close friends. Use this Birthday Cake Doughnut recipe to bake a batch of irresistible birthday treats.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream

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Instead of a slice, grab a scoop of birthday cake flavored ice cream to celebrate your big day. You may not be able to place a candle into this frozen treat, but you’ll still get a tasty birthday wish. For frozen fun on your birthday try this Cake Batter Ice Cream recipe.

Creative Cupcakes

Photo by Daniel Schuleman

Photo by Kelda Baljon

An experimental batch of chocolate spice or buttercream bacon cupcakes are just as fun to create as they are to enjoy. These risky flavor combinations make for an adventurous birthday celebration. If you want to be bold on your birthday, check out Spoon University’s recipe for maple browned butter bacon cupcakes here.

All your birthday wishes are sure to come true when you try these deliciously distinctive alternatives to cake.


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

For all of you non-conformists out there who like to shake things up a little, check out these incredible, creative birthday cake alternatives that make my jaw drop. What kid wouldn’t love a ginormous donut cake? Forget kids…I would love a ginormous donut cake!

17 Incredible Birthday Cake Alternatives

1- The huge chocolate chip cookie ice cream cake

5. I’m 100% sold on this yummy popcorn cake

6. This watermelon cake is a fresh and healthy alternative

7. An impressive trifle cake (and it’s gluten free!)

This would be gorgeous for an 80th birthday celebration!

Yes, yes, and yes! Crepes are my birthday breakfast of choice…even better as a cake! Spread a little Nutella between each layer and top with strawberries…yum!


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